Sponsored by the College of Fine Arts and the Division of Student Affairs, the Creative 40 Acres is dedicated to supporting and celebrating creative art-making and cultural expression by UT students wherever it flourishes on our campus—especially outside the organized curriculum in student-initiated creative work.  The mission of the Creative 40 Acres is to encourage originality and creativity, foster student initiative and leadership, celebrate the cultural diversity of the campus community, and cultivate the cultural and commercial value of our students’ original artistic work.

A sample of  programs and artists on campus include:

photo of i got sole dance group IGOTSOLE is to inspire any and everyone to get out their dreams through our performing and visual arts through the movement. The movement is geared specifically towards getting out your dreams through dance and other art forms, such as RTF, performing and visual arts.

photo of visual artist Raul de Lara
Raul De Lara, a Studio Art student in UT’s Department of Art and Art History, breathes new life into everyday items using abstract sculpting techniques. Raul is a recent winner of the Herradura Barrel Art Program. De Lara’s achievements also include his award-winning piece “La Silla De La Tortuga”, being a guest artist at the University of Texas Co-Op West Austin Studio Tour, and receiving the Michael Aubrey Jones Endowed Scholarship in Art.

photo of YouTube sensation John CozartFilm major and YouTube sensation Jon Cozart’s channel “Paint” features sharp tongued, sweet-voiced parody songs with over 2 million subscribers. Jon also lends his enormous talent to UT’s improv troupe Gigglepants and has recently released a new channel, PaintChips, which offers a video-a-week.

group photo of music group Mother Falcon
Mother Falcon is an orchestral indie band comprised of several UT alums and students that has quickly become an award winning recording act and a top concert draw, performing in rock clubs while maintaining a presence in the performing arts scene scoring plays and films.

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Presented by Broadway Bank, the Cohen New Works Festival provides access to the production resources and guidance necessary to realize individual creative visions & exists as an incubator for innovative and original forms of theatre, dance, music, film, design, visual art and architecture.

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The largest student run talent show on campus. This annual tradition showcases a variety of acts including dancing, music, and skits performed by student organizations and individual performers.

longhorn traditions through our eyes photo contest logo

Each semester, students are encouraged to submit their own photographs portraying a different theme or element of student life. Open-ended themes allow students the freedom to create unique and personal entries.

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The student-run annual film festival is the place to showcase your video short and compete with your peers. Embrace your fellow UT students’ creativity and how they interpret the world through film.

The Kerrville Singer/Songwriter Contest logo image

Each year, UT students are invited to play original folk and country music on the famed Cactus Cafe stage. The winner will be offered a chance to perform at the Kerrville Folk Festival.

Push 4 Art Hook em Arts logo imageHook ‘em Arts’ newest arts initiative focuses on partnering with other UT student organizations to create “spontaneous” pop-up performances around campus. Be part of this movement and share your talent, art and passion.

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This very popular ensemble’s auditions were open to any registered University of Texas student, regardless of major. ENSEMBLE 109 is an elite performing and recording vocal group offering singers specific preparation for the real world of singing in recording studios.